18 June 2015
In a sign of growing momentum behind international calls for a no-fly zone, 71 UN Member States issued a strong appeal to the UN Security Council, Secretary-General and General Assembly calling for an end to Assad’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment. In response to the letter issued by Member States, the Syrian National Coalition’s Special Representative to the UN, Dr. Najib Ghadbian, said:
“Today, the international community stood with the Syrian people and gave voice to our demand for decisive international action to stop Assad’s brutal barrel bombs. There is no other way to effectively stop the barrel bombs than through the imposition of a no-fly zone. It is shameful that the Security Council is ignoring the calls to save civilian lives.
“Indiscriminate aerial bombardment is now the leading killer of Syrian civilians, accounting for two-thirds of all civilian deaths. A no-fly zone would stop those deaths and achieve three goals in short order: first, it would immediately stop the leading killer of innocent civilians in Syria; second, it would alleviate human suffering by enabling humanitarian assistance to reach more areas more of the time; and third, it would stop the deployment of chlorine gas from helicopters, which is the regime’s principal delivery mechanism. The vast majority of the international community stands behind these objectives, it is high time Member States took the action needed to achieve them."